Activity: Visiting the Great Wall of China at Miytanyu

The Great Wall of China is a must see on any international travellers list of sights to see. Our visit today took us to the less visited portion of the wall at Miytanyu. The wall was almost completely deserted, which was a stark contrast from the more frequently visited wall at Balang.


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Activity: Visiting the Great Wall of China at Miytanyu


“The Great Wall at Miytanyu is a great experience for visiting The Great Wall thanks to light crowds and hilly mountainsides”

Planning and Booking:


We arranged through the hotel (subcontracted to DTItours) a day trip to the Miytanyu section of the Great Wall of China. I had previously visited the Balang section in 2007 and found it packed, busy, crowded and underwhelming of a great experience. The tour to Miytanyu was 350 RMB ($55 USD) per person payable cash to the driver. For some reason, it was advertised at $70 USD per person on the website if booked in advance. 

Although a longer travel day than getting to Balang, I was really happy with the Miytanyu wall. It was almost completely deserted which made for some great opportunities for travel photos. This is especially unique considering that China is the most populated country on earth, and was an exceptionally rare opportunity to see such a great monument without any spectators on it. 

Visiting the Wall:

We arrived to a large park reception area lined with trees.

Entry to the Great Wall at Miytanyu

From there, it was a short ride up a relic chairlift up to the wall itself. The Great Wall at Mityanyu was quite hilly and picturesque. It stretched across the Hills side for miles.

The Great Wall at Miytanyu
The Great Wall at Miytanyu
Steps of the Great Wall at Miytanyu
The Great Wall at Miytanyu
The walls are almost endless

Overall it was super impressive and a highly recommended day trip from Beijing.

When it was time to go, we later descended from the wall via a luge slide. This beat taking the chairlift down and was a pleasant way to descend.

In Closing:

The Great Wall at Miytanyu was much better than my last visit at Balang. It was far less crowded and I found the wall to be much more picturesque. The Wall at Miytanyu is a great side trip from Beijing and a must see if you are able to work it into your travels.


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